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Canada's Ripley Wind Power Project, a C$176 million joint venture project between wind developer Acciona Energy and Suncor Energy's subsidiary, Suncor Energy Products, began generating power Nov. 24, sending electricity to Ontario's independent electricity system operator.

The partners are continuing to commission wind turbines and plan to complete commissioning activities by the end of 2007.

The 76 MW facility is the first Ontario wind power project for both companies. It is located on the eastern shores of Lake Huron in Huron-Kinloss Township. Operated by Acciona, the wind farm consists of 38 turbines, which generate 2 MW of electricity each, two electrical substations and a 27-kilometer transmission line.

"Adding clean, affordable and sustainable electricity capacity is a top priority for our government," says Gerry Philips, minister of energy. "That's why we have set a goal of doubling Ontario's renewable energy supply to 15,700 MW by 2025. The Ripley wind farm, at 76 MW, is an important and welcome addition."

The Ripley project companies have applied for funding under Canada’s ecoENERGY for renewable power initiative.

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